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State Funding of Registered Faith Communities: Discussing Democratic Values in Sweden
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies. (MIA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2765-439X
2018 (English)In: Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences - Toward Cultivating Global Citizenship, ISSN 1598-4230, Vol. 59, p. 77-92Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, the premises for state support of religious communities in Sweden are discussed in relation to democratic values. Registered faith communities in Sweden have the possibility to apply for financial support from the state, as well as for help to collect the membership fee through the state tax payment process. One of the most important criteria to receive state support is that the faith community should contribute to the maintenance and strengthening of the fundamental values of society, the state funding opportunity thus being intimately related to the Swedish conception of democracy. In 2016, 43 faith communities were receiving economic support from the state on these premises. Some applications for state funding of religious faith communities have, however, been turned down. This article will focus on one of these cases, the application from Jehovah´s Witnesses, which has been turned down on the critique that the faith community does not contribute to the maintenance and strengthening of the fundamental values of society. This case has been in question since 2007 and is still not resolved. Based on this case, the question of fundamental values of society, a corner stone in the Swedish perspective on democracy, will be problematized, and some dilemmas will be pinpointed.

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2018. Vol. 59, p. 77-92
Keywords [en]
Registered faith communities, state support, Jehovah´s Witnesses, fundamental values of society
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Intercultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-29180DOI: 10.17939/hushss.2018..59.005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-29180DiVA, id: diva2:1273888
Available from: 2018-12-23 Created: 2018-12-23 Last updated: 2020-01-16Bibliographically approved

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